Albert Pyun, director of Cyborg and Captain America, dies at 69

The US director of low-budget B-movies made his debut in 1982 with the fantasy ‘The Three Bladed Sword’

Albert Pyun, the US director of low-budget B-movies such as The Sword with Three Blades, Cyborg and ‘Captain America’, died on Saturday 26 November in Las Vegas: he was 69 years old. The announcement of his passing was made by his wife and producer Cynthia Curran. According to ‘The Hollydood Reporter’ Pyun had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and senile dementia.

In 1982 the director made his first film, The Sword with Three Blades starring Lee Horsley, Kathleen Beller and Simon MacCorkindale. The fantasy film earned $39 million domestically ($120 million today) and will remain the highest-grossing title of his career.

Later films include Jean-Claude van Damme’s dystopian martial arts thriller Cyborg (1989); Captain America (1990), starring Matt Salinger as the titular superhero in Marvel’s first live-action feature film centered around the titular character; the futuristic action film Cyborg: Revenge (1992). As a director he has directed about fifty films, including: Dangerously Close, Radioactive Dreams, An Alien at the Center of the Earth, Knights of the Future, Adrenaline.

Born in Hawaii on May 19, 1953, Pyun worked as an editor on commercial films before moving into feature films. He was known for his prolific producing projects, many of them direct-to-video, and worked with notable names such as Kris Kristofferson, Burt Reynolds, Dennis Hopper, James Coburn, Christopher Lambert, Ice-T, Snoop Dogg, Charlie Sheen and Kathy Ireland.

In a 2012 interview, Pyun said he ended up making so many post-apocalyptic films because locations were cheap and easy to find. Although he was known for directing a series of films about cyborgs, he said that decision was also pragmatic: “I have no interest in cyborgs,” the director said at the time. “And I’ve never had any interest in post-apocalyptic stories or settings. It seemed to me that these situations were a way to make movies on a shoestring and to explore ideas that I really wanted to explore, even if they were controversial.”